It's hard to divorce an artist's personal life from their workâ€”assuming you're the kind of person who thinks that's necessary. Fact is, context is often too important to dismiss. And sometimes an artist's discretion is so persistently discussed, or happened on such a gross scale, that it dares you to evaluate their art in the face of it.
But which event do you use as your measuring stick? For instance, is it more important to watch Roman Polanski's films knowing he's a Holocaust survivor, or that his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by followers of Charles Manson? Or is it most important to watch his films knowing that he fled America without standing trial for drugging and raping a 13-year-old?
The following 10 directors are gifted artists. They've made significant films. But they've also been accused of doing terrible things. It's up to you to decide how much that matters.
Written by Frazier Tharpe (@The_SummerMan)